Eighth Symphonies

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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

On this eighth day of December, we're pitting three eighth symphonies against each other. Tell us whose eighth symphony -- that of Dvořák, Schubert, or Beethoven -- you want to hear today at noon.

UPDATE: We have our winner: Dvořák's Symphony No. 8. Thanks to everyone who participated!

Comments [28]

Michael Meltzer

I have worn out my Beethoven 8th recording. WQXR has worn out its Schubert 8th recording.
Dvorak was the only choice left. Fresh as a daisy.

Dec. 08 2010 02:21 PM
Luis Ortuzar from New Jersey Elizabeth

y wonder how my life will be in usa. whithout this wonderfull radio station??. keep the good work, Merry Cristmas to all of you love LUIS

Dec. 08 2010 12:12 PM
Mariano Torras from Brooklyn, NY

I am a huge fan of both Beethoven and Dvorak -- more so than of Schubert -- but I believe that Schubert's unfinished ranks among the 3 or at most 5 best symphonies of all time. Beethoven's eight, while very nice, is not among his best in my opinion (though he disagreed!). And while I really like Dvorak's 8th, it does not rank as highly as Schubert's 8th, in my opinion.

Dec. 08 2010 11:54 AM
Norman from Rockville Centre

Beethoven's 8th is so high- spirited and full of humor and good cheer and thus more appropriate for the holiday season. Schubert's Unfinished although a great masterpiece is too depressing and more appropriate for the after holiday doldrums in January.Dvorak's 8th is great although not as timeless and universal as the 9th.Stick with Beethoven. You can't miss.

Dec. 08 2010 11:51 AM
Swamp Dog from Tallahassee

It is impossible to choose a "best" among three masterpieces that have inspired and moved millions of listeners, and hundreds if not thousands of composers as well. I love all three.

Today, I chose Schubert. The music is sublime, and a crowning achievement from a very prolific and versatile composer.

Dec. 08 2010 11:50 AM
Howard Smythe

I vote for the Dvorak 8th symphony. Please play the George Szell version. By the way, Bruckner wrote an 8th symphony as well, which is probably his greatest. WQXR doesn't play enough Bruckner. The length of his symphonies is no excuse, which means less talking, which we could all do without. When was the last time WQXR played Bruckner Overture in G, or the Te Deum. Think about it!

Dec. 08 2010 11:50 AM
Marisha from Manhattan

I am just an incurable Schubert fan.

Dec. 08 2010 11:50 AM
Graheme from Bellport, Long Is., NY

OK, agreed, it's a difficult choice - and there are other worthy candidates. But on this cold sunny day here at the center of the universe I chose the Dvorak!

Dec. 08 2010 11:43 AM
Wayne Larson from Chicago western suburbs

Ah, it being Sibelius's birthday, one could have only wished for his eighth, but its beginnings only exist in supposition and legend has it that he burned whatever there was of it in his dining room fireplace. Dvořák's eighth, then.

Dec. 08 2010 11:42 AM
Benita from Cary, NC

Beethoven gets my vote. Even though I've moved recently - it's wonderful to be able and stream WQXR. Grew up with it for more than 60 years! Thank you

Dec. 08 2010 11:41 AM

Anything by Schubert gets my vote..on the 8th or any date....lol

Dec. 08 2010 11:41 AM
Joan Kell from Staten Island

I'd have gone for Mahler's 8, but you can't go wrong with Ludwig.

Dec. 08 2010 11:39 AM
Gregory Jones from Connecticut

I love all three, but some how the Dvorak seems to fit a cold December day. The Beethoven is so full of humor & it's almost as if Beethoven were catching his breath after the wild seventh and channeling his resources for the majestic ninth. As for Schubert, it's like Bruckner's ninth. It's so perfect in it's incompleteness that it seems pointless to think of what might have been if they had been finished. Sometimes less really is more.

Dec. 08 2010 11:35 AM
Tom from Newark, NJ

I'd opt for Mahler 8 too, but don't want to ruin the memory of Gergiev and Mariinsky doing it at Carnegie last month. Schubert gets my vote if he'd ever finish the thing.

Dec. 08 2010 11:25 AM
Marcia from Brooklyn NY

I love the Dvorak 8th, but would especially have liked to hear something short like the Mahler 8th!!

Dec. 08 2010 11:14 AM
BobR from Mastic, LI

I find the 'Unfinished' so soothing, and I'd like some soothing today.

Dec. 08 2010 11:08 AM
Joseph Cesar from New Jersey

Dvorak's 8th is sublime...

Dec. 08 2010 11:03 AM
Ralph in Delaware from Delaware

All three are great, but today let's go with Dvorak.

Dec. 08 2010 11:03 AM
John Seaman from nyc

I voted for Schubert's 8th, but I concur with the earlier comment, I would really want to hear Bruckner's 8th.???

Dec. 08 2010 11:02 AM
Suzanne from Jerusalem, Israel

I wouldn't say Beethoven's 8th is an "inferior" remake.Although it is hard to choose between the Beethoven and Dvorak. I might have to call it a tie.

Dec. 08 2010 10:58 AM
Claire from NJ

Great and innovative concept, Midge, so let it be Schubert's "Unfinished" Symphony at High Noon!

Dec. 08 2010 10:58 AM
Carol Luparella from Elmwood Park, NJ

Since we are on the subject of 8th symphonies, how about the Bruckner or the Mahler 8th?

Dec. 08 2010 10:49 AM
James Kennedy from Kenilworth,N.J.

Dvorak there is no other.

Dec. 08 2010 10:30 AM
pinny from Brooklyn, NY

Dvorak's 8th has depth and feeling that the others lack.

Dec. 08 2010 10:19 AM
Alan Polinsky from Brooklyn

Though I voted for the Dvorak today, I'm really in the mood for something larger. Like MAHLER's 8th!

Dec. 08 2010 10:17 AM
henry wallhauser from Millburn NJ

There is no comparison. Schubert's 8th is beautiful, profound. It is one of the greatest of all symphonies written by one of the greatest composers. The Beethoven and Dvorak are masterpieces, of course, but not close to the great "Unfinished."

Dec. 08 2010 09:56 AM
Tom in NJ

I agree in great part with Dimitar though I do enjoy the Schubert. However the Dvorak gets my vote today. If for no other reason than the fact that it does not seem to get played as much as the others do.

Dec. 08 2010 09:13 AM
Dimitar Kambourov from Bulgaria

Beethoven's 8th is like an inferior remake of his 7th, Schubert's 8th is somewhat repetitive and too sentimental, way below the quality of his last Grand symphony. Dvořák' s symphony is his best and best known. So it solves the problem.

Dec. 08 2010 08:01 AM

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